My Farmer and Me…

If you look closely at the photo of the corn, you will see a bunch of birds that appear to be just sitting on the top of the stalks — but upon deeper investigation, we discovered that these were little thieves…they were eating a portion of just about every cob of corn in a 20 foot circle… shredded the husk and ate perhaps an inch or so and then went on to the next one. ( will try to get photo tomorrow)

I thought it would be nice to invite them to feast on my sunflowers but just showed a real lack of interest! Like they found a gold mine or something!!!

Covering ground…

20841161_49cornandhay3385284348065_1399879953940426276_nThursday evening…Been working on three fields of second cutting hay, trying to get them to dry, just about all week! Then today it became last call since forecast for tomorrow is R-A-I-N…

So the two old fogies, Carol in her little Blue raking and me in my big Green right behind baling… Even today the sun was not in full bloom but rather trying to peek thru those high thin clouds!

Up first was the grass hay with some red clover in one section along with some weeds in the new part of this reclamation project of a gravel pit. Most bales in this field were nice!

Next we went to the biggest field of the three and still a good alfalfa stand with some grass!  The sun did shine some while we were doing this field, so because we only have five wagons, I made these bales on the heavy side, knowing wagon room for all the hay was going to be tight…

Also no time or help to unload! Then near the end of that field I had to start backing off on how heavy I could make the bales!

It was getting late in the day by the time we made it to field three, a clover, grass, weeds combo…not my proudest moment in seeding down a field…I knew this was really in need of one more day of sunshine! Luckily the weeds seemed to be in strips so I was able to bale that part kinda separate!

The clover and grass also came on one side of the field so I could adjust for each section, making okay bales. Only drawback was the wagons didn’t hold everything, so had to bale those last few windrows on the ground!

Thank goodness Maggie came while we were in that last field, so with her truck we picked up what was baled on the ground! Then she helped with chores and even got Jess to help her unload some while we were milking!

)Per usual, Murphy’s Law came into play…our last Milking Shorthorn cow, Nicohl, had her calf…another bull…she has never had a heifer…bull number 4!!! Plus some heifers got out but also came right back to a pail of grain, just a pain when it has been a long, tough day to start with!

And since I’m on such a roll with how today has worn me out…I don’t know for sure if the Lymes is the reason, but some days my body just hurts…you guessed it, today it hurts…neck, back, shoulders, knees, hips…and since today has been so back-ass-ward, as my Father used to say, I’d probably bitch if I was being hung with a new rope!

All those screw ups couldn’t just let a good day be a good day!!! Yup, two old fogies baling up almost 800 bales of hay!!!

*** photo is taken from inside little Blue as I was raking the third field…both winter feed items in the same photo, both looking good!!! (Carol) And by the way, I do not think of myself as an old fogie until days like yesterday.

My Farmer and Me –Tie Dye for fun…

Take it from me…these photos do not do these shirts justice at all…

I decided to change it up a bit this year and got some tie-dyed farm shirts for the show kids to wear in the barn …also some ocean blue ones with the Bejosh Farm, screen print on them, to wear while showing in the OPEN class.!

Also got a camo one and a purple one for Ed. He isn’t too crazy about what I pick out for colors and always likes camo and requested purple. We had gotten some of the Blockhead farm shirts in purple a year ago.

So will get some photos of the crew in their shirts and send them along for all to see…

The Push>>>

5 days til fair…the push has begun!!!Have plenty of hay down but still will mow more tomorrow…then if weather permits during the fair we can “hay it”…small scale..having hope of spending time at the fair, too.

As for decorations, finished the metal flowers (photo) that will be placed in wit6h Maggie’s real ones through the display!

Still working on the lion, mostly in my mind…trying to get all those parts lying aroung the shop to fit up there in my mind!!!

I find building in my head a few times first can pick up on problems before they happen…

As always, Maggie has the flowers, cow signs and even a new ‘farm sign’ all under control…While I have way more than we need, it seems to come together in the end.

Carol has put together a really nice array of new farm shirts, plus she designed and got us some new business cards, giving people some way to contact us…about what is going on in agriculture other than just at the fair.

Other farm news///we have had three new calves over the last few days. One is a Milking Shorthorn – Holstein cross heifer out of a first calf heifer….a small calf, maybe 65 pounds! Call her Gidgit…she runs lose in the calf barn…follows you around while not really bothering you…almost like a dog!!!

Sadly the other two were bulls and at the present time we are raising a dozen steers, four bulls and eight beef heifers with the intent those heifers become brood cows to start a small beef herd..

Our freezer beef busies continues to grow and just raising steers is barely keeping up!So these two smaller bulls went to the auction since have so many more to freshen this fall, after all the corn is and haying is done so we’ll know our feed inventory, therefor keeping what you know will be taken care of right…..

One last tidbit…those two little shit head cats Carol brought home are not so little anymore…they are still shitheads….just bigger shit heads!!!

 

 

My Farmer and Me—Cora…

20882976_Cora Chicken492075381145722_4285357368821832507_nMeet Cora…one of my newest additions to the chicken house…only she doesn’t know that is where she belongs!!! I took this last night when getting ready to milk…

She likes to hang out with the cows better than with the other chickens! I think she has developed a relationship with a couple of them, and it is kinda’ neat that they don’t mind her being with them…

 

Just a thought…

20769997_Living room window492075354479058_567237969687767597_nTonight as Adda-Tude…I call her Tuddy for short…was taking her time drinking down her supper my attention was turned skyward…what a nice night to star gaze!

While looking up at the big dipper, I tried to wrap my mind around how much real estate lies between me and the dipper…

Got thinking about all these crazies passing thru the news in recent days! Whether it be Wing Wong Ding Dong in North Korea or Pretty boy Putty in Russia, ..the marching morons…Oh yes, these idiots have monkey wrenches that they can throw into the gears of time but when  I think of how vast and long these have gone on, these specks of dust will pass and sadly will get replaced  by more dump, dump specks!!!

If they along with all of us could only figure out how really tiny we each are in the big picture!!!We’s then in turn know how much we need each other!!! What a novel idea…getting along…the herd vs the lone wolf!!! The animal way!

***remember how Ed put the umbrella over Scarecrow? Well I snapped this out my living room window just minutes later (Carol)